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FOUNDERS' Once again, as the time of year approaches when it is my privilege and pleasure, as National President of Alpha Sigma Alpha, to write a Founders' Day message, I am overwhelmed by the many thoughts that come to mind as one contemplates this anniversary. So many different facets of our sisterhood, each of which has its base with our Founders, could be explored in a message of this type, and each would probably be equally effective and commemorative. However, this year I am wondering if by looking into the future, rather than examining the past, we might realize an even greater scope of the eventualities that were made possible by our founding sisters. Our Founders' Day anniversary this year will be celebrated for the first time in a National Headquarters owned by the sorority. We wonder if our Founders dared to dream that someday the organization that they were founding would be purchasing property to be used specifically as a National Headquarters. This, of course, has been accomplished during the past year, and at present a Committee is busy, not only supervising the organization of the best office and Council facilities in the National Headquarters, but also planning the most effective type of memorial room or library to commemorate our history. As our sixty-fifth anniversary is celebrated, we are also in the midst of preparations for our ational Convention next summer. Could our Founders have anticipated that by this time their beloved Alpha Sigma Alpha would h ave over one hundred and fifty collegiate and alumnae chapters eligible to be represented by their delegates at a National Convention. And yet, I feel certain that the same close feelings of sisterhood wi ll be experienced by all who attend the National Convention as were experienced by the five young women who founded our sorority because they wanted to be sisters. As I write this, I am also preparing for an Alpha Sigma Alpha Leadership Training School to be conducted by the National Officers for representatives from eleven mid-western collegiate chapters. This is to be a pilot program, and if successful, will be repeated in all areas of the country, so as to eventually include representatives from all collegiate chapters. Long-range plans are also being formulated for the establishment FALL 1966

DAY~l966 of Districts or Provinces within the organization so that the chapters and individuals may be better served and in turn may become more aware of their significant roles in the sisterhood. Another noteworthy change taking place at this time is the conversion of our membership records to an IBM system. The potenial for service to our members that this step makes possible seems limitless, and yet it is clearly consistent with the over-all progress being made by the sorority. As a result of this change, the Nation~! Headquarters staff will be able to prepare mailings for the entire membership in ~ matt~r . of hours. It will also be feasible to prmt mailmg lists or labels for the individual collegiate and alumnae chapters. As the diversification that comes naturally with growth is being experienced by Alpha Sigma Alpha, new committees are being ~p足 pointed to deal with situations that are occunng specifically because of the sorority's growth. Thus not only are new programs and policies being developed to implement the progress of the organization, but also more and more members are playing roles in its government and management. It is gratifying to note how readily most members are willing to accept the responsibility of servi ng the sorority in one capacity or another, but it is also indicative of the continued interest that these and other members are displaying. The future success / of Alpha Sigma Alpha seems assured when we see how many sisters are capable and desirous of providing the competent leadership necessary to the progress of any organization. Let u s all prepare for and observe Founders' Day this year by not only reflecting upon all of the past occurences and eve~ts that are the ~oun足 dation and stepping stones m our Alpha Sigma Alpha history, but also by exploring our fo~dest hopes and desires for the future of 0~1~ sisterhood. By so doing, and by thus reah zmg the many possibilities that are within our reach as a sorority, and that are feasible because of our heritage from our five Founders, we can best appreciate the true significance of our commemoration of Alpha Sigma Alpha Founders' Day1966. Mary C. Goeke N a tion a! President 3

Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 52 no 1 fall 1966  

Asa phoenix vol 52 no 1 fall 1966